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Chambord: Entry Ticket to the Castle

1. Chambord: Entry Ticket to the Castle

Get skip-the-line (only to ticket counter, security checks lines still apply) entry tickets to Château de Chambord in Chambord, one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its distinctive French Renaissance architecture. Explore the large park spread over 5,000 hectares and benefit from access to all temporary exhibitions. Witness the well-known architecture which is imbued with the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci. Check out the 400 rooms, more than 80 staircases, 365 fireplaces, and an exceptional number of towers, high ceilings, pointed domes, and graceful pinnacles. Discover, among other sights, the renowned double-helix staircase: 2 staircases going around on the same side without crossing. To learn more about the castle's history and architecture, watch a 20-minute film (translated into English, Italian, Spanish, and German), or grab the free visitor guide.

Chenonceau Castle Admission ticket

2. Chenonceau Castle Admission ticket

Enjoy access to Chenonceau site and its wonderful gardens. This unusual castle was built on a bridge across the Cher River. To learn more about castle history, audio guides are available in 16 languages. The castle is located near the small village of Chenonceaux in the Indre-et-Loire department. Chenonceau castle, also known as the Chateau des Dames, is famous for the great heroines who lived there, such as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis, and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens. Chenonceau castle was also used as a military hospital during the First World War. Discover the rich history of this incredible fortress.

From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Day Trip With Wine Tasting

3. From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Day Trip With Wine Tasting

Discover iconic castles on this bus day trip from Paris to the Loire Valley and explore Château de Chambord on a self-guided tour. Have free time in the charming town of Bloise and visit Château de Chenonceau for a self guided tour and wine tasting experience. From Paris, head to Château de Chambord. Disney fans will find this castle’s turrets familiar; it was the inspiration for the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." Though originally conceived as a royal hunting lodge, it was built to a scale that must be seen to be believed. Learn all about the castle’s captivating history from your guide before entering the castle. You can then visit the inside at your own pace on a self-guided visit. Climb a staircase supposedly designed by Da Vinci, enjoy spectacular turret-framed rooftop views, and glimpse wild deer around the grounds. Having worked up an appetite, get back on the bus and continue on to the next stop: the quaint town of Blois. Take some free time to enjoy lunch (at your own expense) in one of the restaurants located around the beautiful and vibrant Square Louis XII. Last but not least is the elegant Château de Chenonceau. The chapel, bedrooms, and magnificent vaulted kitchens are still furnished and decorated from times gone by, showing off the castle’s many sweeping stone carvings. Don’t miss the impressive main hall, which spans the river Cher, or the gardens cultivated by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici — 2 of the famous owners that earned Chenonceau the nickname "the Ladies’ Château." After a your visit, continue exploring or indulge in a wine tasting in the castle’s vaulted wine cellar. Your tour leader will entertain you between stops with insights and stories about the countryside and the nobility who once reigned over the region. Three uniquely beautiful French castles and a wine tasting, all amid the stunning scenery of the Loire Valley — this memorable day trip from Paris will delight all the senses.

From Paris: Full-Day Loire Valley Chateaux Tour

4. From Paris: Full-Day Loire Valley Chateaux Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Parisian life and enter into the Garden of France. Stroll the walkways of the French monarchs, hear tales of royal love affairs and kidnappings, and behold the beauty of the Loire Valley's exquisite Chateaux.  The first stop of the day is Château de Chambord; the perfect example of French Renaissance architecture, this remarkable structure was built by King François I between 1519-1547 and is the largest château in the Loire Valley. Who designed this masterpiece is still in dispute, and with contenders including Leonardo da Vinci, its sights are sure not to disappoint. Next up is the charming Château de Chenonceau, a true fairy tale castle set picturesquely on the Cher River, its history and character has been shaped by the women who've inhabited it. The site of the first-ever French fireworks display, Chenonceau is really one to fall in love with. The last stop will be at Château de Cheverny, a 17th-century beauty furnished in great taste and with marvelous gardens. Enjoy free time for lunch (not included) during the day either at Chenonceau or Chambord. You’ll be back in Paris in the evening.

Amboise: Clos Lucé Castle, Da Vinci Park and Museum Ticket

5. Amboise: Clos Lucé Castle, Da Vinci Park and Museum Ticket

Learn about the history of Leonardo da Vinci and his masterpieces (including the Mona Lisa) during his time in France at the Château du Clos Lucé. Invited by King Francis 1st of France, Leonardo da Vinci left Italy and took up residence at the Château du Clos Luce in the autumn of 1516. Appointed "first painter, engineer and architect to the King", Da Vinci served the monarch with his talents, working tirelessly on numerous projects and imagining plans for the "ideal château". With this admission ticket, you will receive access to both the castle and park. The visit will begin in the bedroom of Leonardo da Vinci, the site where Leonardo died in 1519 at the age of 67. From the window, you can see the Saint Hubert Chapel at the Royal Castle of Amboise, which is the burial place of Da Vinci. Whilst in the Leonardo da Vinci Park, you will learn about the artistic creations and major inventions of the artist. You will enter the imaginary world of Da Vinci, seeing the world as he did in these unique grounds. In the Galleries Leonardo da Vinci, painter and architect, An immersive tour will introduce visitors to the full body of Leonardo da Vinci’s painted works. The virtual gallery will screen an animated display of 17 Leonardo da Vinci masterpieces combined with his drawings. In the upper gallery, an educational and fun tour presents the works of Leonardo da Vinci as a civil, religious and militay architech, urban planner and director of epemeral shows.

Loire Valley: Château Royal d'Amboise Entrance Ticket

6. Loire Valley: Château Royal d'Amboise Entrance Ticket

Ditch the hassle of long lines and start exploring the Château Royal d’Amboise. A place of residence for French royalty from the 15th to 19th centuries, the castle has hosted a long list of famous renaissance figures — most notably, Leonardo da Vinci, whose tomb stands in one of the Château’s chapels.  Experience a classic expression of French luxury as you wander the balconies, terraced gardens, and broad roofs, all providing a panoramic view of the famous Loire River. Explore the grounds and buildings further with the Histopad, a tablet-based experience that grants visitors a look back in time to the château in its heyday. The HistoPad technology offers a spectacular way to enrich your discovery of the royal château of Amboise. It includes 3D recreations of the Loggia, the interior decoration, and recreations of scenes from life at court. 2020 exhibitions • “Travel like the kings.” In 2020, the magic of travel and roaming will be celebrated at the royal château of Amboise. In particular, with the exhibition: “On the route of the traveling princes”, on display throughout the entire season.

Amboise: Caves Ambacia Visit and Wine Tasting

7. Amboise: Caves Ambacia Visit and Wine Tasting

Discover the original wines and matured vintages on offer at the house Duhard, founded in 1874. Visit their 16th-century troglodyte caves facing the Loire near the historical center of Amboise and enjoy a wine tour experience in 2 parts. First, awaken and stimulate your 5 senses and learn more about wine on the Sensorial tour. Then, travel through 150 years of wine history on the Vintages Odyssey tour of  Les Caves Ambacia (formerly Les Caves Duhard) wine collection. Follow your tour with a tasting of 3 wines with a sommelier, with an optional food and wine pairing also available. After, enjoy the delicatessen boutique and purchase wines with shipping available worldwide. Tours in English take place at 12 PM, 2 PM, and 4 PM. Tours in French take place at 11 AM, 3 PM, and 5 PM. Don't forget it! Our bistro welcomes you all year round, serving 100% local Loire Valley products, "From farm to table". Book now by phone or e-mail.

Nantes City Card Pass: 24/48/72 Hours/7 Days Full Access

8. Nantes City Card Pass: 24/48/72 Hours/7 Days Full Access

Nestled neatly on the banks of the Loire River, Nantes is a city with a lot to offer. From a weekend to 7 days, you will have full access to its greatest sites. With the convenient and flexible Nantes Pass, you'll have a chance to experience the best of the city in a fun and easy way. Nantes is a hub for culture and exploration, and with the Nantes Pass, you will have full access to over 50 attractions, museums, monuments, and public transport. Also receive discounts on shopping, entertainment, and leisure. For a taste of what awaits you, perhaps you're interested in seeing the incredible museums. Check out the Galery of the Machines de l'Ile and the Carrousel des Mondes Marins; discover some amazing sculptures based on the imaginary worlds of Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci. Perhaps you'd like to visit the Nantes History Museum in the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany; everything is possible with the Nantes City Pass. If you'd like, you can also enjoy deep discount offers on leisure activities and gift shops around town. You will also have access to guided tours, river cruises, and more. There is so much that awaits you – time will simply fly by! Come and spend some time exploring this beautiful part of the Loire River valley. From the grand castles and chateaux to the splendid food and culture, Nantes can be enjoyed by everyone. Enjoy access to 50 attractions and experiences : Musée d’arts de Nantes, Château des ducs de Bretagne - Musée d’histoire de Nantes, Le Carrousel des Mondes Marins et La Galerie des Machines de l’île, Jules Verne Museum, Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Musée-atelier de l’imprimerie, Planétarium, Le Chronographe, Musée Naval Maillé Brézé, Erdre River Cruise, Bateau Ouch Loire Cruise, Guided tours, Le Voyage à Nantes reception office Audio-guided routes in Nantes (available in English, French, and Spanish). From May to October : Tourist Train tour, Détours de Loire bike rental, La Cantine du Voyage (free drink), Mini-golf, Floating - nautical activities (boat rentals), Ruban vert - nautical activities, Paper mill Liveau, Château de La Frémoire, Musée du Vignoble Nantais, Clisson tourChâteau du Coing, Submarine Espadon and Saint-Nazaire Heritage MuseumStation Nuage / Cloud Station... From october to march : Free drink at Le Café de la Branche, Little Atlantique Brewery, La Cigale Brasserie, La Guinguette Restaurant at Trentemoult, Café du Musée d'Arts...

Château of Azay-le-Rideau entrance Ticket

9. Château of Azay-le-Rideau entrance Ticket

The Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built in the heart of Loire Valley during the reign of François I, and offers all the charm of the Renaissance. It is a 16th-century architectural masterpiece, rising up from an island formed by the Indre River, and is situated within a romantic 19th-century park. The château boasts a colorful history. In 1510, Gilles Berthelot acquired the seigneurie and fortress of Azay, rebuilding it in the sumptuous Italian style that was popular at the time. After Berthelot's relative Semblança, who had been aiding Berthelot in building his wealth in the region, was accused of embezzlement and executed, Berthelot fled. The château was then given by François I to his companion-in-arms, Antoine Rafin, and his descendants, who lived there until the 18th century, after which it fell into the possession of the Marquis Charles de Biencourt, responsible for the château's beautiful gardens. Having undergone an extensive restoration program, the château also offers a new experience: new highlighted collections, a dream-like tour path, mobile tour guide applications, the romantic park and so on. Not to be missed: the living room and dining room of the Marquis of Biencourt (19th century décors), the atmospheric staging of the kitchen, the new interpretation area. The sight is protected by UNESCO, and features gothic motifs, a royal apartment used by Louis XIII in 1619, stunning Renaissance ornamentation and façades that overlook the lakes, with apartments embellished with overhanging corner turrets.

Chaumont-sur-Loire: Domaine of Chaumont Skip-the-Line Ticket

10. Chaumont-sur-Loire: Domaine of Chaumont Skip-the-Line Ticket

Discover the wonders of the Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire with a skip-the-line entry ticket. Visit the Château of Chaumont to explore the castle from the 10th century A.D. and see where the royalty of Europe and historical figures spent their time. Expect art installations and 26 unique gardens. Located less than 2 hours from Paris and open all year round, the Domaine-de-Chaumont dominates the Loire Valley and offers views of the wild river and untouched nature. The estate brings together 3 entities on the same 32-hectare property: the castle, gardens, and Arts and Nature Center. The Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire is one of the most furnished castles in Loire. Explore one of the most beautiful castles in the valley and get to know its heritage. In the 16th century, the estate became the property of Queen Catherine de Medici, then of her rival, Diane de Poitiers. The Arts and Nature center features a combination of around 15 artists, visual artists, and photographers of international renown each year (figures like Sheila Hicks, Andy Goldsworthy, El Anatsui, and Guiseppe Penone). During your visit, take a stroll outside and admire the international garden festival (subject to availability). This festival has welcomed landscapers and designers from all over the world for 30 years. Your ticket also includes access to any of the estate’s ongoing cultural programs and events. Good to know » the new dates of the festival: April 24 – November 3, 2024.

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4.6 / 5

based on 90 reviews

It was an incredible experience, despite being a bit rushed. In reality, we didn't spend 2 hours in Chambord (as stated in the tour description), we only spent 1 hour and 20 minutes. For me, those 40 minutes would make a difference. Other than that, everything went very well. The guide Thelma is very prepared and made a total difference.

This was the best most informative wine activity, the culture here is so rich and the guide was the best and waited for us when we got there a couple minutes late. Will definitely recommend 10/10

We had a lovely day. Sid was very sweet and informative. We could see that he knew what he was talking about. We highly recommend them.

The guide was very knowledgeable. She told us a lot of stories and knew a lot about the history of each chateau we visited.

Perfect! I loved everything and the castles are beautiful